Alternative Care for Injuries or Illnesses (Part 3)

Continued from last post:

3: Spinal Manipulation – going to a Chiropractor

“Chiropractors align bones, joints, muscles and the spine to improve health and relieve pain. Well-established scientific studies support the use of spinal manipulation to treat back and neck pain, but no evidence exists to show that this practice can effectively treat headaches, asthma or other conditions.”

2: Herbal Medicine – vitamins and nutritional supplements

“Many of the vitamins and nutritional supplements you take each day have their roots in ancient Chinese medicine or other alternative medical treatments. Although most supplements remain unregulated in the U.S., some well-established scientific studies support the use of many popular herbal remedies. For example, fish oil is proven to reduce your risk of heart disease, and may also help treat arthritis and depression

[source: National Institutes of Health]. Garlic may reduce your risk of cancer or heart disease and help lower cholesterol, and ginseng provides important benefits for heart patients and those suffering from depression [source: Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine]. Thousands of other herbal supplements may also provide some benefits, but results are less established for most.”

“Despite the lack of clinical evidence for some herbal remedies, natural supplements remain the most widely used alternative treatment in the U.S. [source: Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine]. This widespread use doesn’t necessarily mean these supplements are safe for consumption, however. Some contain dangerous toxins, such as lead or mercury, and others may interact with your current medications. A number of herbal remedies are downright dangerous, and pose serious risk of heart attack, stroke or even death. Talk to your doctor before trying any new health product, and look for supplements backed by reputable scientific research, not gimmicky marketing spiels or testimonials.”

1: Acupuncture – manipulating the flow of energy

“Acupuncture dates back thousands of years in China and other Asian nations, but it’s only more recently gained ground as an established medical practice in other parts of the world. Trained practitioners use small, thin needles to manipulate the body’s natural energy flow, or qi (also chi, pronounced “chee”). By inserting these needles into more than 400 specific points on the body, the acupuncturist can redirect qi to cure or prevent certain medical conditions. If you’d prefer your qi balanced without the needles, try acupressure, which relies on massage or pressure instead of penetration [source: Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine].”

Alternative care can be a wonderful source of pain and/or stress relief for someone who is recovering from a severe work injury.  Remember folks, alternative paths to care and pain relief can still have some risk factors so be sure to do your research and talk it over with your doctor or medical professional before you pursue any course of treatment.  Safety first!

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Michele Lewane, Esq.


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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia workers’ compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.